The New York Jets wrapped up their second consecutive 5-11 season today with an uncompetitive loss to the New England Patriots. Their defense fought in the first half but ultimately cracked against a far superior unit and from having zero support from a completely dead offense led by soon to be CFL quarterback Bryce Petty.
The news of the week was an extension for Head Coach Todd Bowles and Mike Maccagnan, despite their 20-28 record and zero playoff appearances through three years. Most fans are rightly skeptical of the decision but should not be fooled by what the extension is. It is an optics move to show both will be back next year, nothing is guaranteed for either beyond 2018. Don’t forget Rex Ryan was extended before the 2014 season and John Idzik had multiple years left on his deal when fired. Year 4 is make or break for these two, who are both joined at the hip when it comes to their fate in New York.
How do they stay around? It is pretty simple, the premium positions, most important quarterback, must be fixed. The Jets have a gaping hole where it matters most on both sides of the ball: quarterback, pass rusher, cornerback, offensive tackle (to a lesser extent than the other three). Until these areas are addressed, they will continue to wallow in the mediocrity of their seven year playoff drought, the franchise’s longest since the 1970s.
Was this season’s 5-11 better than last season’s 5-11? Sure. It is better to have this record with a younger team, not filled with overpaid veterans. Yet, at the end of the day 5-11 is 5-11. You are what your record says you are. The Jets sucked last year. The Jets sucked this year. The Jets have sucked six of the past seven years. Their fans deserve better. Clean this mess up and clean it up fast, please.
We have a long offseason to dive into the draft and free agency, along with wrapping up this season. A big THANK YOU to everybody who consumed our content this season. It has been a great year for the site, despite it unfortunately not being a great year for the team. I can’t put into words how much we appreciate all the readers, podcast listeners and yes even angry tweeters. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
…I’ll close with some minor gloating. I have had plenty of seasons where I have been way, way off with preseason predictions (see 2016) but this year? It was about as accurate as it gets:
- Team’s final record
- Team’s AFC East record
- Team’s NFC South record
- Team’s record through 6 games.
- Status of HC/GM.
- Status of draft pick.
- Anderson stats
- Maye/Adams rookie year
- McGuire stats
- Donohue/Martin/Leggett season.
- Burris/Lee/Davis season.
- Also a healthy 10-6 on our weekly 12 packs.
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